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holiday.

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holiday. songs are carefully written and recklessly played. They begin as neatly arranged power-pop with careful structures, but you can't have fun at the prom without wrinkling a few tuxedos. Just ask Black Flag to cover Elvis Costello and you'll get the idea.

Biography

holiday. songs are carefully written and recklessly played. They begin as neatly arranged power-pop with careful structures, but you can't have fun at the prom without wrinkling a few tuxedos. This Providence, R.I.-based foursome has the class to show up in a bow tie and smile for the pictures, then dances the monkey suit to glorious pieces.

Their 2002 Melanie Records debut, Words That Rhyme, hints at this, and their live show proves it. holiday., which formed at the University of Rhode Island late in 2000, has the musical chops to follow the prescription of pop rock docs Rivers Cuomo and Ric Ocasek and the desire to stir a club audience into a sweaty, screaming mass.

holiday., perhaps correctly, has been called pop-punk, but if so, principal singer-songwriter Titus DosRemedios dives into the deep end of that pool. Slung over ahh-has, dootin' doos, catchy hooks and hand claps is a Costello-esque wit lavishing empathy on broken-hearted, emo teens. Beyond humoring them, DosRemedios offers a responsive voice whose emotional maturity is reminiscent of Guster.

The rhythm section of Steve Cicchelli (bass/vocals) and drummer Chase Leonard drives the band with a righteous thump. That filthy funk establishes a stable platform from which DosRemedios and Dylan Ryder (guitar/vocals) toss out power chords and delicate melodies.

Ryder, who also shares songwriting credits, inspires the loose, comic edge of the band's personality. Rock-posing and bantering on stage, his antics inspire playfulness from the rest of the band, and the back-and-forth gives insight into the friendship that forges the sound.

The result is a palpable rise to the top of the Providence music scene. They've been recognized by the Providence Phoenix as one of the best Breakthrough Acts of 2003 and a member of 95.5 WBRU's "Rock Hunt" for promising local bands in 2003 and 2004. holiday. has also expanded its audience with several successful tours of New England and by sharing the stage with other renowned acts such as Phantom Planet, JEM, The Thrills, Adam Green and Elliot. The band was also added to a few dates of this summers Van's Warped Tour in 2004.

Begining 2003 with a tour of the East Coast and ending with a tour of the Midwest and New York, holiday. plans to finish material for its second LP and line up dates for its next road trip.

by David Brown.

Discography

LP: 'Words That Rhyme"

Radio Play on:
WBRU, WQRI, WRIU, WBCN, WKKB

Set List

Typical Set List: 45 mins
Can play up to 2.5 hours of original/cover material

Typical Set Includes:

Something Borrowed
That Sound
Maybe Tonight
Up Late
Words Come Back
Sing-A-Long
And They Tell Their Friends...
Met the Boyfriend
Pack Your Bags
It's Natural
Hey Jealousy
Always Have a Friend